Are Austinites Average Tippers?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Rob's Blog

According to an informal poll of local restaurant servers, Austin dinners are about average (20%) to somewhat below average on the tipping front. The poll was in no way scientific, but did bring up some interesting points. First, some of Austin’s best known and wealthiest business moguls are apparently basically crappy tippers. Again, this is […]

Not All Hospital Food Sucks

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Rob's Blog

I have viewed many a hospital meal over the years as I have accompanied my wife (many times) and other family members through a few somewhat longer stays. And I must admit that I was underwhelmed (to put it mildly) by the appearance and presentation of the food. The reviews from the patients who actually […]

Local DJs converge on Spec’s Deli at Arbor Walk for Colossal Burger Challenge

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Rob's Blog

I’ve hosted a lot of food and wine related events for charity over the years. But none were wilder than having to MC the challenge of 20 local DJs taking on the Spec’s Deli Colossal Burger at the Arbor Walk in support of the Food Bank. The competition was simple. Be the first to eat […]

Kirk Watson Wants to Blow the Lid off Lobbyist Wining and Dining of Legislators

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Rob's Blog

I’ve known many downtown restaurateurs who literally planned their budgets around each legislative session. Why? Because they could count on a jump in sales as lobbyists wined and dined all too willing legislators. And the beauty of the system was that the $114 spending cap per lobbyist before names of legislators had to be reported […]

Inside the Mind of Elmar Prambs

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Rob's Blog

I’m delighted that we began our Podcasts this year. It’s given our readers a chance to get a more in-depth look at interesting people in the Austin restaurant community. And I’ve learned a lot as well. Consider this week’s Podcast with Elmar Prambs, the Executive Chef of Trio at the Four Seasons Hotel. With 37 […]

Building a Podcast: Adventures in Technology

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Rob's Blog

I’d always wanted to have a podcast on our website. A place where we could have complete control to conduct in-depth interviews with fascinating people in the central Texas hospitality/restaurant community. Be careful what you wish for. After some serious searching, I purchased the PRO FX8 board from a company in Oregon. It had four […]

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